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The XXIII World Conference in Mexico City will bring together researchers, policymakers, peace and development professionals, environmental advocates and students who will explore the different uses of the future(s) for Humanity. Participants will be encouraged to analyze and consider the diverse functions and purposes of the future(s): as an issue to manage, as a provision of hope, as a reservoir for choice, as a source of revenues, etc. This reflection may lead to several connected aspects such as the nature of the future, our responsibility towards the future or the future generations (as futurists and as human beings), the role of Futures Studies, long term implications of present decisions, how to plan or to make policy for the future, etc. In short, the Conference can be viewed as intense research or creative ideas about the crucial role of the improvement of democratic systems, peace processes, development and environmental innovations in transforming the future(s) and Futures.

The Conference Program will include a variety of spaces and moments to tackle the subject form different angles: keynote speeches, plenary and creative parallel sessions, panel discussions, and workshops. But it will also provide an open networking space for participants who can connect in informal ways.

We invite participants from all those interested in presenting their proposals, research or creative ideas about the crucial role of the improvement of democratic processes, peace, development and environmental innovations in transforming futures. All abstracts and proposals will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance on May 1, 2019.

If you want to present a paper or poster, or run a workshop at the Conference, please submit an abstract/proposal (max. 250 words) by 1st of March 2019 to the Scientific Committee Chair for the Conference at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The conference is bilingual English/Spanish. Abstracts and presentations in both languages are accepted.



September 10-13 2019


 Mexico City, Mexico


Themes and Sub-themes 


Some of the most widespread applications of the future(s) related activities is to manage uncertainty. Hence, we can find a rich literature with many cases encompassing a wide spectrum ranging from crisis management and rapid response mechanisms to anticipatory systems but including preventive approaches and strategic planning.However, the question here should be, is this use still valid? Does it need any updating?


The future(s) is one of the few questions that truly encompass the whole of humanity. For instance, the big challenges cannot be dealt with from a local or regional perspective alone, they do need a planetary approach. Yet, there are other questions that can be better addressed at the regional, national or local level. While some issues, like security and conflict resolution, demand a multilayered focus. In any case, all this help us realize the relevance of networks and importance of promoting them.



Futures Studies has been traditionally contained within a scientific and empirical approach. Still, there is a growing evidence that, quite often, we are better at imagining the future(s) than to anticipate it or forecast it. Art, design, science fiction and other fields are opening new ways to know and to explore the future(s). Imagination and intuition should be actively used to investigate the future. However, the main issue here would be if the use of this creative alternatives can be accepted as a valid and reliable way to engage with the future.



Richard Slaughter already stated that Futures is, firstly and foremost, an intellectual domain. Thus, it should be addressed in an integral way; it cannot be limited to apprehending a set of tools, it must encompass the study of its tradition and history plus the diverse theoretical schools that have been working in it. Ultimately, we should aim for the whole humanity to attain a minimum level of Futures literacy, so all of us could engage in a truly future-oriented exercise of debating how can be the future of the future and the human communities of tomorrow.


Scientific Committee 

Co-Chairs: Erik F. Øverland (WFSF President) and, Victor V. Motti (WFSF Director).

Scientific Committee Members who will assist with review of abstracts and papers, translation, chairing sessions: Thiery Gaudin, Tom Lombardo, Mei Mei Song, Jim Dator, Jay Gary, Sohail Inayatullah, Roberto Poli, Richard Slaughter, José Ramos, Stuart Candy

Executive Committee 

Chair : Guillermina Baena Paz

Advisory Panel : Rosa Alegría, Lucio Henao, Luis Ragno, Alethia Montero, Antonio Alonso Concheiro, Jordi Serra, Tomás Miklos, Guillermina Benavides, Karla Paniagua.



Important Dates 


Submission of Abstract and Creative Participation Proposal                                       1st March 2019

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection of Abstract/Proposal                                          1st May 2019

Submission of Draft Paper for Presentation                                                                 1st June 2019

Submission of Final Version for Publication*                                                                1st October 2019

*For potential publication of Conference Proceedings and potential selection as an article for a special issue of Futures or for a special topic by the European Journal of Futures Research, EJFR.


If you want to present a paper or poster, or run a workshop at the Conference, please submit an abstract/proposal (max. 250 words) by 1st of March 2019 to the Scientific Committee Chair for the Conference at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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La XXIII Conferencia Mundial en la Ciudad de México reunirá a investigadores, responsables políticos, profesionales de la paz y el desarrollo, defensores del medio ambiente y estudiantes que explorarán los diferentes usos del futuro (s) para la Humanidad. Se alentará a los participantes a analizar y considerar las diversas funciones y propósitos del (los) futuro (s): como un tema a gestionar, como una fuente de esperanza, como un reservorio para la elección, como una fuente de ingresos, etc. Esta reflexión puede conducir a varios aspectos relacionados, tales como la naturaleza del futuro, nuestra responsabilidad hacia el futuro o las generaciones futuras (como futuristas y como seres humanos), el papel de los estudios de futuros, las implicaciones a largo plazo de las decisiones actuales, cómo planificar o hacer políticas. para el futuro, etc. En resumen, la Conferencia puede verse como una investigación intensa o ideas creativas sobre el papel crucial del mejoramiento de los sistemas democráticos, los procesos de paz, el desarrollo y las innovaciones ambientales para transformar el futuro y los futuros.

El Programa de la Conferencia incluirá una variedad de espacios y momentos para abordar el tema desde diferentes ángulos: discursos de apertura, sesiones paralelas plenarias y creativas, mesas redondas y talleres. Pero también proporcionará un espacio abierto de redes para los participantes que pueden conectarse de manera informal.

Invitamos a participantes de todos aquellos interesados en presentar sus propuestas, investigaciones o ideas creativas sobre el papel crucial del mejoramiento de los procesos democráticos, la paz, el desarrollo y las innovaciones ambientales en la transformación de los futuros. Todos los resúmenes y propuestas serán revisados por expertos y se le notificará su aceptación el 1º de mayo de 2019.

Si desea presentar un documento o cartelera, o realizar un taller en la Conferencia, envíe un resumen / propuesta (250 palabras como máximo) antes del 1º marzo de 2019 a los directores del Comité Científico de la Conferencia en This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. y ver en


La conferencia es bilingüe español / inglés. Se aceptan resúmenes y presentaciones en ambos idiomas.



Ciudad de México – México


Septiembre 10 al 13 de 2019



Temas y subtemas

USOS DE LOS FUTUROS. Asuntos como es habitual o Usos tradicionales

Algunas de las aplicaciones más extendidas de las actividades relacionadas con el futuro son la gestión de la incertidumbre. Por lo tanto, podemos encontrar una rica literatura con muchos casos que abarcan un amplio espectro que va desde la gestión de crisis y los mecanismos de respuesta rápida hasta los sistemas de anticipación pero que incluyen enfoques preventivos y planificación estratégica. Sin embargo, la pregunta aquí debería ser, ¿sigue siendo válido este uso? ¿Necesita alguna actualización?

NUESTRO DEBER COMO CIUDADANOS MUNDIALES o Usos Cosmopolitas / Usos planetarios

El (los) futuro (s) es (son) una (varias) de las pocas preguntas que realmente abarca a toda la humanidad. Por ejemplo, los grandes desafíos no se pueden abordar solo desde una perspectiva local o regional, sí necesitan un enfoque planetario. Sin embargo, hay otras preguntas que se pueden abordar mejor a nivel regional, nacional o local. Mientras que algunos problemas, como la seguridad y la resolución de conflictos, exigen un enfoque de múltiples capas. En cualquier caso, todo esto nos ayuda a comprender la relevancia de las redes y la importancia de promoverlas.

FUTUROS Y MÁS ALLÁ o Usos creativos

Los estudios de futuros han sido tradicionalmente contenidos dentro de un enfoque científico y empírico. Sin embargo, hay una evidencia creciente de que, con bastante frecuencia, somos mejores para imaginar el (los) futuro (s) que para anticiparlo o pronosticarlo. El arte, el diseño, la ciencia ficción y otros campos están abriendo nuevas formas de conocer y explorar el (los) futuro (s). La imaginación y la intuición deben usarse activamente para investigar el futuro. Sin embargo, el principal problema aquí sería si el uso de estas alternativas creativas puede aceptarse como una forma válida y confiable de comprometerse con el futuro.


Richard Slaughter ya declaró que los futuros son, ante todo, un dominio intelectual. Por lo tanto, debe abordarse de manera integral; no puede limitarse a aprehender un conjunto de herramientas, debe abarcar el estudio de su tradición e historia más las diversas escuelas teóricas que han estado trabajando en él. En última instancia, debemos aspirar a que toda la humanidad alcance un nivel mínimo de alfabetización de futuros, para que todos podamos participar en un verdadero ejercicio de debate sobre cómo puede ser el futuro del futuro y las comunidades humanas del mañana.

Fechas importantes

Recepción del resumen y propuesta creativa de participación:     1º de marzo de 2019

Notificación de aceptación / rechazo del resumen / propuesta:    1º de mayo de 2019

Recepción del documento borrador para su presentación:             1º de junio de 2019

Recepción de la versión final para publicación*:                             1º de octubre de 2019

* Para la potencial publicación de las presentaciones de la Conferencia y la posible selección del artículo para un número especial de futuros o para tema especial por el European Journal of Futures Research, EJFR.


Comité científico

Codirectores: Erik F. Øverland (Presidente de WFSF) y, Victor V. Motti (Director de WFSF).

Ayudarán con la revisión de resúmenes y documentos, traducción, sesiones de presidencia: Thiery Gaudin, Tom Lombardo, Mei Mei Song, Jim Dator, Jay Gary, Sohail Inayatullah, Roberto Poli, Richard Slaughter, José Ramos, Stuart Candy

Comité ejecutivo

Directora: Guillermina Baena Paz,

Panel Asesor: Rosa Alegría, Lucio Henao, Luis Ragno, Alethia Montero, Antonio Alonso Concheiro, Jordi Serra, Tomás Miklos, Guillermina Benavides, Karla Paniagua.

Organiza – Federación Mundial de Estudios de Futuros

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Eleonora Barbieri Masini has led a fascinating life and has greatly contributed to Futures Studies and futures scholars.

Dr. Eleonora Barbieri Masini has been “in the right place at the right time” in the creation and development of futures studies. She is a deeply ethical and human person, whose honest and tenacious attitude facilitated international institutions (in particular the World Futures Studies Federation), opening the way to intercultural studies, futures studies and human ecology. A tireless traveler and personal friend of the leading futures researchers from around the world, Eleonora has had great influence on the training of futures researchers in various regions of the world.

Dr. Masini is positive, studious, respectful of differences, conciliatory, and a builder of alternative futures — she has been the soul of futures studies. Eleonora has made a significant contribution to this field. Facing the mainstream of futures studies in the 1970s, which favored a techno-economic approach, Eleonora emphasized aspects such as human and social foresight. Her work focused on the visions of the future; the development of capacities and values that emerge when addressing qualitative, human and social issues; challenged futures studies to rethink and highlight the role of women, family, ethics, culture, equity and the environment.

Eleonora’s purpose has been to recognize the many visions of diverse futures: giving voice to those who do not conventionally participate in futures initiatives  (women and children). She sought interconnection and dialogue through resolving conflicts and creating spaces of harmony. 

For all the above reasons, and the enormous coherence between her life, her work, and her being — Dr. Masini is one of the important founders of futures studies and a wise guide for the new generations to continue to see futures studies not just as about technology and economics but futures as if people (especially children), culture and the environment matter. 

A book edited by Antonio Alonso (Foundation Barros Sierra) is about her life and her work in Futures, download free in this link. [Currently the book is only available in Spanish]
See also the photo gallery on pages 240 to 262, click here.

This book is an acknowledgment of her deep and broad impact. It is divided into three parts: her life and work, her voice, and what Eleonora saw through the window of her students, colleagues, and friends. It relates her biography and academic development, presents key articles in her subjects of interest, and presents a collection of texts about her personality and her work, written by a wide range of great thinkers of future studies. It is a well-deserved tribute that aims to collect and share her thoughts to a broad audience interested in the future of humanity.

Some of the active futurists regularly publish public newsletters that are FREE to subscribe. You can also access their archives online.



Gerome C. Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project, has collected all issues of his newsletter here.

Tom Lombardo, PhD, member of the executive board of the WFSF, has collected all issues of his newsletters here


Victor Vahidi Motti, Director - Secretariat of the WFSF, has a robot which publishes a weekly newsletter here.


Hugues de JOUVENEL, President, Futuribles International, offers a French language newsletter here.


Cynthia G. Wagner, Editor, Foresight Signals, has collected all issues of their newsletters here.


Amy Zalman, PhD, President, Strategic Narrative Institute, has collected all issues of her newsletters here.


Rohit Talwar, Founder, Fast Future Publishing, has collected all issues of their newsletters here.


Gerd Leonhard, Author, Technology vs. Humanity, has collected all issues of his newsletters here.


Ray Kurzweil, Author, Accelerating Intelligence, offers a newsletter here

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